Tag: Black Tea

Blooming Tea on an Almost-Spring Day

One of my unofficial New Year’s Resolutions was to enjoy at least one cup of tea outdoors each day. So far, I’ve neglected this practice, but in my defense, I always forget how bitter cold February can be in Michigan. I’m not sure any… Continue Reading “Blooming Tea on an Almost-Spring Day”

Sampling Sweet Treats from Dessert by Deb

Dessert by Deb blends have been on my wishlist since the beginning of 2020, but steep shipping costs to the US have usually deterred me from placing an order. The temptation is becoming harder to resist though, especially after Deb recently released her Winter… Continue Reading “Sampling Sweet Treats from Dessert by Deb”

Word of Intent: Joy

The last memory I have of 2020 is Oliver kicking me in the back as he tried to keep himself from falling asleep. I don’t know who dozed off first– him or me– but when I woke up, it was 2:30 AM in 2021.… Continue Reading “Word of Intent: Joy”

This is Not a Glamorous Post About Tea or Motherhood

I may have romanticized my gongfucha sessions– written about how it’s a meditative practice that lets me decompress while exploring tea more intimately. And some days, my gongfucha sessions are exactly that. But, most days it is just a tea brewing method no different… Continue Reading “This is Not a Glamorous Post About Tea or Motherhood”

Finding Elegance in a Cup of Assam

Assam tea is a staple in my stash. No specific vendor, no specific estate— just something labeled “Assam” that produces a consistent, stick-to-your-ribs malty tea, which I dress up with milk and sugar. It’s never been anything special, but it always offers a certain… Continue Reading “Finding Elegance in a Cup of Assam”

Five Earl Grey Teas to Keep You Cozy

When I first started my tea journey a decade ago, I was most excited about tasting Earl Grey. I thought this simple blend of black tea and bergamot oil was the kind of thing tea connoisseurs and true tea heads sipped. I was ecstatic… Continue Reading “Five Earl Grey Teas to Keep You Cozy”

Oh My Darjeeling

I am unkempt hair and peanut butter jeans. Crayon scribbles on the walls and desk and couch. Teetering piles of work and dishes that still need to be put away. Oversteeped breakfast blends tamed with honey and milk are much better suited for me.… Continue Reading “Oh My Darjeeling”

I Failed Adagio’s communiTEA

While re-organizing my tea cabinet last week, I discovered a bag of communiTEA teas from Adagio Teas. It was dated the week of March 8th through March 14th, and each single-serving packet within was still sealed shut. I remembered I kept putting it aside… Continue Reading “I Failed Adagio’s communiTEA”

the communiTEA by Adagio Teas

Beginning in January, some Adagio customers started receiving a mysterious package labeled “the communiTEA” along with recent orders. Printed on the package was a note that said, “The commuiTEA is a unique place where Adagio patrons from all around the world can sit down… Continue Reading “the communiTEA by Adagio Teas”

Books & Tea: The Truth About Forever by Sarah Dessen

The Truth About Forever by Sarah Dessen book cover

Years ago, I read Just Listen by Sarah Dessen, and what I remember most about it is how mediocre I thought the story was, and after reading through summaries of her other novels, largely formulaic: Girl experiences some kind of hardship and withdraws from… Continue Reading “Books & Tea: The Truth About Forever by Sarah Dessen”